Born: 28 December 1954
- He is an Indian television producer-director and quiz show host, widely regarded as the “Father of Indian television quizzing”.
- He is best known for hosting shows such as Quiz Time, Mastermind India and University Challenge, and as producer-director of shows such as Kaun Banega Crorepati, Dus Ka Dum, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India’s Got Talent.
- Founder-Director of the television production house BIG Synergy, & later a creative mentor and consultant with the company, he stepped back from all roles in the company in December 2018.
- Along with Anita Kaul Basu, he is the Founder-director of Tree of Knowledge Digital, a greenfield venture in the area of interactive edutainment events, e-learning, gaming, publishing, and select television production.
- He has played a few character roles in Hindi movies – R&AW Chief Robin Dutt (RD) in Shoojit Sircar’s critically acclaimed film Madras Cafe (2013), barrister and Bombay Mayor Romi Mehta in Anurag Kashyap’s period extravaganza Bombay Velvet (2015).
- He acted as President of India in the superhit 2014 Malayalam movie of Rosshan Andrews, How Old Are You? which was later reprised in Tamil as 36 Vayadhinile (2015).
- He did play the part of India’s Minister of External Affairs in the recent action blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai.
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December 28, 2019